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date: 23 October 2019

Savvidis, Symeonlocked

(b Tokat, Turkey, 1859; d Athens, 1927).
  • Alkis Charalampidis


(b Tokat, Turkey, 1859; d Athens, 1927).

Greek painter. He studied at the Polytechnic in Athens (1878–80) and at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich (1880–87). He lived and worked in Munich until 1925 but spent the last two years of his life poor and ill in Athens. He painted a wide variety of subjects, including landscapes and religious scenes. Restless by nature, with a constant inclination to experimentation, he moved from academic realism through Impressionism to Expressionism. He relied heavily on colour in his work, while the frequent visits to his own country sustained his Eastern sense of aesthetics. He revealed an interest in philosophy and the theory of art in his unpublished Hemerologio (‘Diary’; Athens, N.G.).

S. Lydakes: ‘Symeon Savvidis’, Oi ellenes zographoi [The Greek painters], ed. S. Lykades and A. Karakatsane, 1 (Athens, 1974), pp. 268–301C. Christou: Greek Painting, 1832–1922 (Athens, 1981), pp. 67–70N. Misizli: Elliniki Zographiki, 1805–1905...

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